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Spotlight on: Chateau Pavie

Key facts relating to the largest St. Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classé

With slopes planted by the ancient Romans in the fourth century, Chateau Pavie is one of the longest serving Saint Emilion wine producers in France, despite not becoming properly famous until almost two thousand years later. With an expensive recent refurbishment giving them the most modern wine making facilities in all of Bordeaux, we take a look at some interesting facts about this grand Chateau. 

  1. A New Beginning

In 1998, Gerard Perse, who already owned Chateau Monbousquet purchased Chateau Pavie from the Valette family for $31,000,000. Chateau Pavie experienced a rebirth thanks to the drive and the spare no expense attitude of Gerard Perse and Chantal Perse. At the time of the purchase, the vineyards were in poor shape. Pavie required extensive replanting to reach the proper level of vine density.

  1. A Unique Character

The 42 hectare St. Emilion vineyard of Chateau Pavie is planted to 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. This represents a change in the vineyard with less Merlot and more Cabernet Franc. In addition to replanting, trellis wires throughout the vineyard were raised in order to increase the vines’ foliage. In total, the vineyard has 37 hectares under vine. The vineyard is one large block. That alone is almost unique in Saint Emilion, but more important to the wines character, here you find various different terroirs. Each has its own microclimate.

  1. On The Way To Organic

The Chateau Pavie vineyard is farmed using sustainable, vineyard management techniques. Part of the goal at Chateau Pavie is to produce wine from ripe grapes and low yields. 70% of the vineyard is farmed using organic methods. It is the goal of the estate to become 100% organic.

  1. Oak And Aging

The wine of Chateau Pavie is aged in 80% new, French oak barrels for 18 to months. The first 6 months, give or take of aging time are spent with the wine aging on its lees. The amount of new oak and time in the barrel will vary, depending on the characteristics of each Bordeaux vintage.

  1. The 2012 vintage

For the 2012 vintage, to commemorate their promotion to Grand Cru Classe A status, Chateau Pavie introduced a new, sleek, quite artistically designed, regal looking label in gold and black, replacing the older, classic, green tinted design. 

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